Kentucky Derby finish order and full results from races at Churchill Downs

A last-to-first run down the stretch highlighted the early portions of Saturday's races at Churchill Downs.

Speak of the Devil provided some early excitement for the 148th Kentucky Derby undercard races, which benefited from better weather than Friday's Kentucky Oaks and undercard events.

Stay up to date with recaps from several Derby Day races here.

Kentucky Derby 2022 full finish order

1. Rich Strike

2. Epicenter

3. Zandon

4. Simplification

5. Mo Donegal

6. Barber Road

7. Tawny Port

8. Smile Happy

9. Tiz the Bomb

10. Zozos

11. Classic Causeway

12. Taiba

13. Crown Pride

14. Happy Jack

15. Messier

16. White Abarrio

17. Charge It

18. Cyberknife

19. Pioneer of Medina

20. Summer Is Tomorrow

Race 7: Former Kentucky Derby hopeful Jack Christopher wins the Pat Day Mile

Jack Christopher’s attempt to make the 2022 Kentucky Derby field may have ended in November, but he still managed a win on Derby day at Churchill Downs.

The undefeated 3-to-5 favorite cruised to a three-length win in the Grade 2 Pat Day Mile, giving trainer Chad Brown his second win of the afternoon.

Jack Christopher won his first two starts, earning points during the Road to the Kentucky Derby, but was scratched the day before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar in November. He eventually needed surgery on his left shin.

“Coming off a layoff, you never know because you’re running a mile in a really good field on Derby day,” Brown said. “I chose this race because I wanted him to run against his own age group. I really didn’t want to sprint the horse. Coming off the layoff and a minor injury, the pace of the race concerned me if we ran him in a straight-up sprint.

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“I took those races out of play and wanted him in a race that allowed him to stretch his legs a little bit and at least get comfortable at some point in the race and protect him moving forward. Certainly, it worked today.”

Jack Christopher was just off the lead after the opening quarter then made his move with three furlongs to go.

He took the lead around the final turn and cruised to a 3 3/4-length win in 1:34.81.

“Jose (Ortiz) did a great job with this horse,” Brown said. “He had speed from the start, made a good decision to use him early to sort of get up and out in the clear. He really took control of the race from there.”

Pappacap finished second. My Prankster finished third.

- Jon Hale

Jockey Jose Ortiz pumps his fist in the winner circle after riding Jack Christopher home to win the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs, on Kentucky Derby day. May 7, 2022
Jockey Jose Ortiz pumps his fist in the winner circle after riding Jack Christopher home to win the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs, on Kentucky Derby day. May 7, 2022

Race 9: Stolen Base outduels Balnikhov in American Turf Stakes

The American Turf Stakes presented one of the most exciting finishes on Saturday, as Stolen Base battled it out with Balnikhov down the stretch to win the 1 1/16 mile Grade 2 race and the $500,000 prize.

“It’s been a great day,” said jockey Flavien Prat, who took home his second straight win in the American Turrf Stakes after winning last year with Du Jour. Prat also won the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile with Speak of the Devil earlier on Saturday. “I was surprised to be as close as he was. Today, (Stolen Base) was really into the race, so it was great.”

Dowagiac Chief used a clean break to take the lead through the first half mile of the race, but Red Danger and Coinage weren’t far behind. Red Danger overtook Dowagiac Chief at the ¾ mile mark, but then Stolen Base and Balnikhov started making their move to take the front. Both horses battled it out during the final stretch, but Stolen Base had just enough to pull off the photo finish.

“He took the lead on me, but my horse regrouped and fought back,” said Prat.

It was the first win for Stolen Base in four starts in 2022 and the second overall first place finish in nine career starts.

Stolen Base paid out $13.20, $6.60 and $4.00. Second place Balnikhov paid out $7.20 and $4.40, while third place Sy Dog paid out $3.00.

- Jonathan Saxon

Race 8: Obligatory wins Derby City Distaff Stakes for third straight win

Obligatory had to battle for her third straight win, but the effort was rewarded with a $750,000, Grade 1 Derby City Distaff Stakes victory.

Trainer Bill Mott has been high on Obligatory in her fourth season, but he wasn't confident in her run early. Obligatory started in last place but overtook Four Graces and Just One Time on the far turn to pull off the 14-length comeback.

"I never felt confident until they got to 70 yards," Mott said. "When she was at the three-eighths poll and the others were at the quarter poll I said, 'We've got a lot to make up.'"

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And Obligatory made things up in a hurry. As a 7-to-2 favorite on paper, she didn't look like she carried the speed 3-to-1 favorite Just One Time had. Mott was dazzled.

"That was impressive. I was impressed," Mott said. "I'm very seldom impressed but I was impressed. Her stretch run here is her weapon. She loves the track and she loves this stretch."

- J.L. Kirven

Race 5: Speak of the Devil goes from last-to first to win the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Kentucky Derby Day started off with a thriller after Speak of the Devil pulled off a last-to-first rally to win the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile.

Seconds into the first stakes race of the day, trainer Chad Brown's In Italian (GB) jumped out to an early lead while his 2-to-1 favorite Speak of the Devil slipped into last.

But Speak of the Devil's furious rally on the final turn sent the 4-year-old filly flying past the five other horses in the field. In Italian and Wakanaka finished second and third, respectively. The win gave Brown, who trained last year's winner Blowout, his second-straight win in the $500,000 Grade 2 race.

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"So lucky to have this filly" Brown said. "Every week she kept on getting better and indicated everything you want to see."

Speak of the Devil paid out in $4, $3 and $2.20 and became the fourth-straight international horse to win the turf mile. Brown hopes her win is a sign of good things to come for the day.

- J.L. Kirven

In Italian with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. up, crosses the finish line to win the 37th running of The Longines Curchilll Distaff, Saturday, May 7 2022 in Louisville Ky.
In Italian with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. up, crosses the finish line to win the 37th running of The Longines Curchilll Distaff, Saturday, May 7 2022 in Louisville Ky.

Race 6: Three Technique picks up first win in Knicks Go

Three Technique added to the excitement of the Derby as the 36-1 underdog found another gear late in order to win the Knicks Go.

The Knicks Go is a one-mile race for horses that haven’t won a graded stakes race in 2020-21 with a purse of $160,000.

"Today was a great opportunity," jockey Rafael Bejarano said. "I knew it was a longshot, but I thought he was going to run good. He loves this track (and) the fast surface."

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Gun It benefitted from a strong start out of the gate, but soon fell back to the pack after the half-mile mark of the race. Dream Shake overtook Gun It to claim the front for a moment, but Three Technique put on the burners and overtook Dream Shake to claim first place with a time of 1:35.48.

"He likes to be in the middle of the track," Bejarano said. "He likes to be in the middle of the group. I just have to find that position and go from there. You have to play it by ear."

Three Technique paid out $75.60, $35.20 and $14.80. Second-place Injunction paid out $7.00 and $5.20, while South Bend paid out $5.20 in third place.

The first-place finish was the first for Three Technique in 2022 and the fourth overall win in 23 starts.

- Jonathan Saxon

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky Derby full results, finishing order for Churchill Downs races